Ruling makes Guam first US territory to legalize same-sex marriage

Via National Catholic Reporter:

Guam’s archbishop said a judge’s June 5 decision legalizing same-sex marriage in the U.S. territory was “a defeat” not only “for Christian principles” but “for our island and the whole of humanity.”

“The recognition of a same-sex union, as marriage, destroys the basic fabric of society, and will destroy human beings in the process,” Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron of Agana said in a statement.

He was reacting to a ruling by federal Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood that struck down the island territory’s ban, saying it was unconstitutional. Under her order, Guam becomes the first U.S. territory to legalize same-sex marriage.

On Tuesday, Deasia Johnson of Killeen, Texas, and Nikki Dismuke of New Orleans were the first same-sex couple to be legally married in Guam. Both are members of the military. Public Health Director James Gillan officiated at their wedding.